A minke whale measuring 18ft that swam about 1,000 miles up the Amazon was trapped yesterday for a second time on a sandbar.
Local residents spotted the whale just a few miles from where it was freed on Friday near Santarem in Para, a state in northern Brazil where the Tapajos and Amazon rivers join.
Brazil's Environmental Protection Agency had called off its search for the whale late Friday after losing track of the mammal at the Tapajos River. Scroll down for more...
Stranded: locals try to keep the minke whale cool while its back and dorsal fin are exposed to the heat of the Brazilian sun
The whale ran aground for the first time on Wednesday. The Globo television network broadcast images of dozens of people gathered along the Tapajos River splashing water on the animal, whose back and dorsal fin were out of water and exposed to the hot Amazon sun. The minke whale is the second smallest of the baleen whales after the pygmy right whale. The International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee estimates there are about 184,000 minke whales in the central and north-east Atlantic Ocean.
Whale gets stranded in Brazilian Amazon... for the second time | the Daily Mail